Northern Territory Minister for Health David Tollner
Improving Health Services In Central Australia
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Health David Tollner today toured the new Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department and 24-Hour Medical Imaging facility as construction on the $24.5 M project nears completion.
Mr. Tollner said with building works in the final stages and car parking now ready, the new ED is on track to open by March next year.
“The expansion includes an additional 18 treatment spaces than the current ED, in the form of an eight-bay Primary Care Unit to fast track patients, and a 10 bed short-stay facility.” Mr. Tollner said.
“In all, the facility will comprise a total of 31 treatment spaces including a paediatric treatment room, two secure assessment rooms and three resuscitation areas as well as triage, procedure and consultation areas, a training and education room, a reception area and staff office space.”
The new Emergency Department and 24-Hour Imaging Facility was funded through a National Partnership Agreement with $10.9 M Territory Government funding and $13.6 M from the Federal Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund.
As part of Mr. Tollner’s visit to Alice Springs Hospital today, he also took time to thank the Drovers volunteer organisation for the donation of a new $66,000 lung function machine, bought with proceeds from the annual Drovers Ball.
“The machine will support the care of many patients in Central Australia by measuring their breathing capacity and helping to make a diagnosis in people who have respiratory issues.” Mr. Tollner said.
The body plethysmograph lung function machine will be used in people with asthma, bronchitis and emphysema as well as those with heart and kidney disease.
It will also simplify the process of establishing the type and severity of disease and more importantly, it will reduce the need for people to travel to Adelaide or other metropolitan centres for testing.
“I thank the Drovers for their awe inspiring generosity and for giving up their time on a daily basis to make the Alice Springs Hospital a more comfortable place for patients.” Mr. Tollner said.